Trust Television Network (Trust TV) has been fined N5 million by the National Broadcasting Commission for airing the documentary “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story,” which was broadcast by the network on March 5, 2022.
The Trust TV management observed that the fine was informed to the media company in a letter signed by the NBC Director General, Balarabe Shehu Illela, in a statement to The PUNCH on Wednesday.
According to Illela, Trust TV was penalized for breaking the National Broadcasting Code when it broadcast the alleged documentary.
Trust TV added, “As a television station, we believe we were working in the public interest by bringing light on the contentious problem of banditry and how it is hurting millions of inhabitants of our country. However, we are presently examining the Commission’s action and assessing our alternatives.
“The documentary explores the underlying causes of the intercommunal strife and structural deficiencies that resulted in the armed conflict that is preparing Nigeria for yet another major humanitarian crisis.
It offers insights into how injustice, ethnicity, and poor governance interact to fuel violence. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, and Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau, who comes from one of the most severely affected villages in Zamfara State, are among the specialists and influential figures whose voices are combined in the search for solutions.
“Other experts in the film include academics who have long researched banditry, like Professor Abubakar Saddique of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and Dr. Murtala Ahmed Rufai of the Usmanu Danfodio University in Sokoto.
The gruesome tales of banditry victims were also highlighted by the documentary.
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